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Riding The Nuclear Wave: San Diego Journalist Profiles Fukushima Surfers

Kimball Taylor's comments seem highly suspect to me. He seems to cite no evidence of contamination levels, while acknowledging his own paranoia. Last year the United States Lifesaving Association was poised to send a national team of lifeguards to Japan to compete in an ocean event some distance from Fukishima, but the competitors were understandably concerned. I contacted a researcher at Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography on their behalf. He emailed as follows on September 7, 2013: "FYI, I leave tomorrow on a research cruise to just 1 km off Fukushima power plants and I feel it is safe to sample there, handle water, sediments, etc. Fisheries are closed in that location. All levels we have measured in the ocean since June 2011 off shore are below what is allowed for cesium isotopes in US drinking water (though no one drinks salt water, you will be swimming in it and could safely swallow some). I am not a health expert but concerned too about my safety when working in the area, and new releases are not really new, but same as has been going on for 2+ years, but now finally admitted to by TEPCO." He also pointed me to this web page:

July 3, 2014 at 12:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Peters Denounces Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling; DeMaio Responds

CharlesNP: Agree 100%. Two issues here: Naive journalism and an absurd attempt at balance regardless of the obvious obfuscation. I expect better, but alas I am coming to accept same.

July 2, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Candidate Helps Run Group That Says Homosexuality Can Be Cured

Her views aside, it's really creepy when people run for office without being straightforward about their core beliefs. If you don't stand behind your core beliefs, what sort of person are you? Perhaps disingenuous, but probably more importantly lacking in character. One presumes that the people who share her beliefs quietly know about them and support her; and she hoped that those who don't share them would be blissfully ignorant. This is not how our democracy should work.

May 23, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor Confirms Records Sought By KPBS Exist In DA's Office

This is an issue that should be investigated by the Attorney General or the US Attorney. The implication of this story is that a DA can shield themselves from political corruption. Were that true it would be enormously corrosive to our system of democracy. There are a variety of examples around the US where the US Attorney has addressed cases of this ilk.

May 6, 2014 at 7:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soledad Cross Battle Might Be Heading To Supreme Court

Is it coincidental that the cross was placed above a town (La Jolla) with a history of institutionalized discrimination toward Jews?

March 6, 2014 at 6:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Questions Dog Bonnie Dumanis On San Diego Campaign Finance Probe

Odd journalism here. The article states, "Should Dumanis have raised questions about the money? Responses are mixed." The article then goes on to quote three sources who all seem to agree that she should have acted on the information by either investigating, disavowing the money, or contacting the donors to say they shouldn't be doing this. Sure, the responses are mixed in that they don't line up exactly, but all three persons interviewed say she should have taken some action. It would have been more appropriate to state something like, "Should Dumanis have raised questions about the money? Three people we contacted said Dumanis should have taken action to make her disapproval clear, one going so far as to suggest she should have investigated."

February 19, 2014 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rise In Referendums: A Look At Why Paid Signature Gatherers Have Staked Out Your Supermarket

This use of the referendum process is simply an indication of a changing power structure in San Diego. Business interests used to control the City Council. They don't anymore and it is jarring to them. They are using the referendum process in an attempt to continue to control the agenda. What they are failing to recognize is that San Diego is steadily becoming a much more progressive town, which business interests will no longer be able to control (see the change in Democrat versus Republican voter registration). Spending time and money on referendums may secure some small wins, at a very high expense, but you can't use this route for every perceived slight. It's too expensive and cumbersome. As well, if you don't negotiate in good faith with the City Council, they'll come to disregard your sincerity. Business interests are going to have to learn to accept their place in the new paradigm of San Diego politics. It will take some time.

February 5, 2014 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Serious Questions About Patient Care At San Diego Hospice

Great reporting. I do not understand how Ms. Pacurar is allowed by the separate and still existing San Diego Hospice Foundation to keep her job making, I gather, over $150k per year? She was at the helm of the hospice itself when the organization was run into bankruptcy and when all of these issues were taking place, gave rosy interviews successfully bamboozling various reporters into believing there was no big problem and it was all a government overreach, and then took the hospice into bankruptcy. But apparently no problem for her, since the bulk of her pay came/comes from the Foundation, rather than the hospice. Where is the Foundation board of directors in all this? Where is the US Attorney? Snoozing?

March 20, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

DeMaio, Goldsmith Discuss 'Future Of Pension Reform'

To correct some misinformation in this article:

The state’s Public Employment Relation Board has NOT ruled against the measure. An administrative law judge working for the PERB ruled against the legitimacy of Proposition B (Comprehensive Pension Reform). The decision would have become final had the City Attorney not filed an exception (appeal). He has done so and now the PERB has the chance to uphold or overturn the finding of the ALJ. How the PERB rules remains to be seen.

Pension reform in accordance with Proposition B is already being implemented. For example, new employees (other than police) are no longer part of the pension system.

Please detail, Ms. Trageser, what aspects of Proposition B are not being implemented at this time. I found your report on the evening news and this article highly misleading on this subject.

March 15, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

The administrators of this hospice built a house of cards and what seems to be fraud by accepting hundreds of people who did not ultimately qualify for federal funding. When they were caught, the house of cards collapsed, and it is the legitimately qualified hospice patients who will pay the price. Sadly, San Diego Hospice was seen as a national leader and their "Provost" lists himself as, "Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine" and a "founding trustee and past Chairman of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine." Hospice is a valuable and important service, but when people like this, who are paid some $250k per year, milk the system, the concept is sullied and the patients suffer for their greed. It does not bode well that the editor in chief of the journal of palliative medicine was involved in this canard.

March 1, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )